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Old 05-04-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Leaking tank

To start off im new to the saltwater world and this site....
I know a lot of people on here recommend testing out your tank for leaks before filling. I tested my 28 gallon biocube yesterday and sure enough there was a leak (it's brand new). I'm assuming it wasnt a pin hole leak as there was a lot of wate on the floor. The company is sending another but they dont want the leaking tank back. My question is:
1) is this common with the biocubes?
2.) how do I go about locating and fixing this leak?
3.) If i am able to fix it does anyone have an idea for what i should do with it? my initial setup was going to be for live sand, live rock, soft corals and a fish or two.
Any help or advice would be appreciated.
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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It's certainly possible to remove the old silicone and reseal it, but I wouldn't bother. I would just gut it for spare parts and toss it.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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Welcome to TRT!
Sorry about your leak.
When I was 13 I cleaned tanks at the LFS and the owner told me: "whenever you take possession of a new or used tank always go over the silicone with your own silicone".

Which I did ... for 30 years ... except for this current tank ... which sprung a leak when it was 9 years old. Its the only tank I ever had that leaked, and the only tank I ever took possession of that I didn't go over with my own silicone...

Just saying.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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Welcome to TRT!

yes you can re-seal it, but it will be lots of work, I would agree with theplatypus on this one a gut it, unless you have lots of time, patience, and love hard work that just about never goes right...

I have re-sealed a lot of regular square tanks, not even sure how they do those bio-cubes...
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:29 PM   #5
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To find the leak try filling a larger container with water and placing the bio cube inside... where you seem bubbles is where your leak is

ps Rubbermaid containers work great and they are not very expensive.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice. I would really like to try and fix the leak to use it as a quarantine tank. I've been reading a lot of people on here encouraging QT's. If it can't be fixed I will gut it for parts.
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